- January 6, 2017
The new year brings with it new possibilities and new opportunities. It’s also a great time to make your goals for the coming year, goals like putting your best smile forward.
Our dentists in Shorewood, IL, would like to help you do that with two of our many services. Dental cleanings are essential to keeping your mouth as healthy as it can be. Meanwhile, professional teeth whitening can bring back the sparkle in your smile.
When you combine these services, you will have some great reasons to show off your smile in 2017.
Everyone Should Have Professional Dental Cleanings
The American Dental Association recommends that everyone does three things to maintain good oral health and hygiene:
- Brush your teeth twice a day
- Floss between your teeth and gum daily
- Visit your general dentist for routine cleanings
Why are professional dental cleanings and examinations important? Let’s start with a few statistics. More than 90 percent of Americans will have at least one cavity in their lives. Likewise, the American Dental Hygienists Association estimates that around 80 percent of Americans have or will have some form of gum disease.
The odds are that you will develop one of these issues. We hope you don’t. If we can help you prevent them, that’s what we want to do. If you develop either, then we want to provide treatment as early as possible.
By making regular visits to Shorewood Family Dental Care, you will receive a thorough cleaning from one of our dental professionals. We will remove plaque and tartar from your teeth. We will check for signs of tooth decay or gum infections, and if needed, we will advise you on the best treatment options.
A good guideline is to visit the dentist every six months for regular check-ups. No matter how good you are at brushing and flossing, it never hurts to have a professional take a closer look.
If you haven’t already scheduled your next dental cleaning, call 815-725-5991 today.
Go Deeper With Teeth Whitening
You’ve seen them in the store every time you buy a new tube of toothpaste. Dozens of products that proclaim they will whiten your teeth.
Some of these are more effective than other, but none of them can match what professional teeth whitening can do for your smile.
We offer two teeth whitening options at Shorewood Family Dental Care. They are NiteWite and Opalescence.
NiteWhite is our top-of-the-line option. To provide the most effective whitening possible, we start by making custom-fitted trays or you to wear. You will place the whitening gel in the trays for a just a few minutes each night during your whitening treatment.
In a matter of a couple weeks, you could see the brilliant white smile you had before years of coffee, tea, desserts, pasta, and so much more.
Opalescence is different in that it does not use custom-fitted trays. This system will still give you noticeably whiter teeth in the convenience of your home.
When used as directed, professional teeth whitening can give you results that just aren’t possible with commercial products.
Contact our dentists in Shorewood, IL, soon if you would like to see how white your teeth could be.
Working Better Together
The best time to whiten your teeth is after your teeth have been professionally cleaning. Not only will your teeth be free of plaque and tartar, but you will have received a polish to remove surface stains from your smile.
Getting those surface stains out of the way makes allow the teeth whitening products to go even deeper, to remove more of the deep stains from your enamel.
Before you arrive for your next dental cleaning, let us know if you would be interested in professional teeth whitening as well. While you are here, one of our dentists can examine your teeth to determine if you are a good candidate for teeth whitening. If you aren’t, then you may want to learn about dental veneers. This is another cosmetic service that can improve the color of your teeth. For many people, it’s a great alternative to teeth whitening.
Plan Your Visit
When you schedule your next appointment at Shorewood Family Dental Care, be sure to mention that you are interested in trying teeth whitening, too.